Stephen Martin had plenty of wins as a wrestler at Warren County High School. Now he has his first as a coach.
The WCHS wrestling team defeated Shelbyville Tuesday night at home, giving the Pioneers their first win this season.
Warren County didn’t have to do much to defeat the Golden Eagles other than make weight.
The Pioneers earned six forfeit wins over Shelbyville as Derek Smith, Ray Bishop, Jordan Bonner, Jason Turner, Josh Stevens and James Sweet had their hands raised the moment they stepped foot on the map. With six points for every victory, the Pioneers won handily 42-30.
Warren County had two winners in actual matches against Shelbyville. Bailey Briest continued his hot start to the 2012 season with a first-round pin in the 138-pound weight class. Junior Christian Taylor duplicated the feat with an easy win at 195-pounds.
Tuesday’s victory was part of a duel match as the Pioneers also took on Forrest. Warren County had a tough time with the powerhouse program from Chapel Hill, losing 54-30.
The Pioneers got off to a quick start against Forrest. Christian Lopez began the afternoon with an exciting match at 120 pounds.
Lopez was behind on the scoreboard in the second round, but a great reversal swung the match in favor of the sophomore Pioneer. Lopez was able to dominate with an over-the-shoulder drag that put his opponent on the mat. Lopez was able to maintain leverage until the referee called a pin.
Bishop followed with a win at 126 pounds. Bishop opened the second round by shocking his opponent with a big slam. After the display of strength, Bishop was able to maneuver for the pin as he finished the night with two wins.
Briest was also a two-match winner Tuesday. Briest, one of the Pioneers most experienced wrestlers at 138 pounds, won with ease against Forrest as he needed just 1:08 to earn a pinfall victory.
Warren County heavyweight Ethan Turner won in the first round against Forrest by pinfall as well.
Coach Martin was proud of his young team, noting how even the rookie wrestlers had good showings against Shelbyville and Forrest.
“I was really proud of the team. They fought hard,” said Martin. “We had some guys wrestle their first career matches and even though they didn’t come up with wins, they did really well.”
The Pioneers will play host to Cookeville Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Charlie Dalton Gym. Coach Martin is inviting fans to come out early as the coach and his team will be doing a seminar to teach people the point system for matches. The event is scheduled to start at 5:20 p.m. when weigh-ins are completed. The match will begin at 6 p.m.
To see a full schedule, check the team’s Facebook page titled, “Warren County High School Pioneer wrestling.”